Pictured above: Teekah Lewis, photo taken almost one month to the day of Teekah’s disappearance. Her case is a classic case of child abduction and almost fourteen years later, her case remains unsolved.

Age progressed photo of what Teekah Lewis might look like at 16 years of age

11/07/12, TACOMA, WA — Teekah Lewis was just a toddler when she was abducted while on a family outing. The 2-year-old vanished on the night of January 23, 1999 while she was with over a dozen family members at a bowling alley which is now “New Frontier Lanes” located on Center Street in Tacoma, Washington.

At approximately 10:15pm, the tot was in the arcade section pretending to play videos games, and the last time her family saw her she was enjoying herself and was all smiles. It only took a few moments to turn around and realize she was missing and that’s when panic struck.

A frantic search ensued, but the little was nowhere insight.

There was over 300 people at the bowling alley on the night Teekah disappeared yet nobody witnessed anything. According to family members, she was last seen playing the race-car video game which was only a few feet away from family and approximately five or six feet away from the exit door.

“There’s somebody in that bowling alley that knows something. there was over 300 people and not one person seen anything. i can’t believe it.” Teekah’s mother, Theresa Lewis said back in 2010.

Investigators interviewed hundreds of people threw-out the years including many of the people in the bowling alley that night, but no arrests were ever made and Teekah was never located and almost fourteen years later, her whereabouts remain unknown.

Every so many years, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children would distribute a age-progressed photo of what the missing child might look like and each time, callers would call in with possible matches only to find out it was a Miss-identification.

Age-progressed photo of what Teekah might have looked like at age thirteen, she turned sixteen-years-old this past year.

 Tacoma Police have said the case remains active and although they don’t have that one missing piece of the puzzle, they still get tips every so often and one of those tips came up 2010 when Theresa Lewis said she received a new tip from a man in his 40’s at a vigil that was being held on her daughters tenth anniversary since her disappearance. The unidentified man was quote as saying that he had visions of the missing child.

 The information was then relayed to police and when asked for details, Theresa said: “There’s just more to the story. I just can’t say. I wish I could, but I can’t,” English said. “All I can say is that it’s a roller coaster.”

 Investigators have spoken to the tipster, whom he only described as an “area man.” The tip prompted Tacoma police to begin digging at the Native Garden at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, but nothing every came from that lead and the case started to go cold.

Authorities have asked for the public’s assistance in helping identify a vehicle seen on the night Teekah disappeared. Witnesses reported seeing a maroon (late-model) 1980’s or early 90’s Pontiac Grand Am with dark windows and a spoiler who was at the bowling alley’s general area on 01/23/99

This case has been featured on TV shows including America’s Most Wanted, the episode is a web exclusive and can be found online. 

Teekah Lewis was last seen wearing a tweedy-bird sweatshirt with white sweatpants and carrying a little clear tot size purse. Some other facts below.

  • Has eczema with a skin coloration on her face and left side of buttocks
  • Has asthma which may require medical attention
  • Has dimples when she smiles
  • Has curly dark hair with natural red and grey highlights
  • Has brown eyes
  • Was 3’feet, weighing 35 pounds when she was last seen
  • Both ears were pierced in 1999
  • She is Biracial – Caucasian/Native-American/African-American
  • Her birthday also falls on Independence Day (07/04/96)

findteekahlewis.com ← website created titled “Find Teekah Lewis”

Her loved ones are still praying for a miracle, they’ve said they will never give up on her safe return, with Theresa saying: “I hope nothing bad’s happening to her. I believe she’s still alive. I’ve never had that gut feeling that she wasn’t”

In July, 2012 Tacoma police searched a local home for any evidence regarding the missing toddler. The search of the house in the 800 block of South Hawthorne Street came after authorities contacted a man who pleaded guilty to a child-luring at a different bowling alley in Tacoma, WA. According to Detectives,  they are still evaluating this part of the investigation, but have not discovered anything significant at this point. But despite another dead-end, police and loved ones of the missing girl remain hopeful that one day this case will get solved.

January 27, 2013 will mark the fourteen years since Teekah Lewis was last seen alive and her family continues to celebrate her life, with her birthday falling on the 4th of July,  every year her mother bakes her a cake, buys her balloons and writes a message to the toddler on it. In her mind, her daughter is still a toddler who hasn’t aged, despite the fact that she’d be in her teens today.

Photo of Theresa  Lewis, Teekah’s mother, taken on July 4, 2011, her daughters 15th birthday

Click here to view an article written and published by Komonnews on July 4, 2011 regarding this case.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: Tacoma Police Department – (253) 798-4721

Or contact: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)